KTM has unveiled its 1290 Super Duke GT touring sports bike and it’s coming to Australia early next year to fire up the touring sector.
It is powered by the same lethal weapon 10301cc V-twin engine in the 1290 Super Duke R, but with new cylinder heads and new combustion and ignition maps for a more easily controlled bike that suits its touring capabilities.
It also features a host of KTM’s electronic rider controls including Motorcycle Stability Control, a quick shifter, four-way WP semi-active adjustable suspension with anti-dive as in the Super Adventure, cruise control and combined ABS that adjusts to riding modes. Instead of just three as in the R – Street, Rain and Sport – there is a fourth Supermoto mode.
The anti-dive function from the Super Adventure should make it a brilliant two-up touring bike.
Touring capabilities are enhanced by heated grips, a larger fuel tank, an eight-position adjustable windscreen, and redesigned sub-frame and seat for long-distance comfort.
KTM Australia marketing manager Greg Chambers says it will be here early next year.
“We’re yet to announce a retail price for the 1290 Super Duke GT though we are expecting its arrival on Australian shores during the first quarter of 2016,” he says.
“This model will definitely excite those riders that like the sport side of sport touring.”